Benguet vegetable farmers allowed to tend farms amid quarantine

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet β€” Vegetable farmers whose crops are ready for harvest will be allowed to tend their farms, Benguet governor Melchor Diclas declared amid fears that the enhanced community quarantine imposed on all of Luzon will hamper the activities of farmers.

β€œIt is about food security,” Diclas declared.

A steady supply of vegetables will be ensured, Diclas, a physician, vowed as he insisted, the β€œpeople of Benguet and the rest of the residents of Luzon need to boost their body resistance by eating nutritious food like vegetables.”

Benguet highland vegetable farms supply at least 85 percent of the vegetable market needs of the National Capital Region (NCR) and the rest of the country.

Gov. Diclas stressed that vegetable production should go on, but at the same time, farmers need to practice safety health precautions against COVID-19.

In a related news, Diclas ordered a ban on the entry and selling of chicken dung in Benguet to avert avian flu infection. He said Benguet cannot afford to have such infection amid the COVID-19 threats.